Sorry for radio silence but to be perfectly honest the only thing I feel like writing at the moment is rude words about this government. I mean seriously rude words. That old middle English/Germanic c-word, used in the plural.
Last week’s star c-word was Alan Johnson. His comments about the population reaching seventy million tempted me to write a green ink letter to him, interrogating his logic and beliefs. But is it worth it? Wouldn’t I be better off studying the form for Goodwood? Yes, I would.
Her Majesty’s Home Secretary said:
“I don’t lose sleep over the population reaching seventy million…I am happy to live in a multicultural society. I am happy to live in a society where we not only welcome those coming to live and work in this country but where we can go and live and work in other countries.”
First, indulge me some sarcasm. Since it is the lifeblood of the orthodox Left’s model of debate, I think I’m entitled to a shred of it: Oh, what a utopia! Behold the queues of British people wanting to go and live and work in Somalia or in a light bulb factory in east Poland! That reminds me of a facetious and doubtless Aaronovitch-borne wheeze in the Times back when Mandelson had his problems with the nuclear workers in the north, who were protesting about foreign workers. Mandelson, with Tebbitonian contempt, had blithely informed the strikers they ‘could go and work abroad’. The Times followed up with a feature showing vacancies in Eastern Europe. Salaries and medical provision were, naturally, not mentioned.
That whole episode demonstrated to me that even I had quite underestimated the arrogance in the Labour Party in the matter of dressing up Marxist internationalism as nothing more than the benefits of globalisation.
Back to Alan Johnson. As is traditional for the new Labour front bench, Johnson has been an active Marxist:
“…I was… CPGB [Communist Party of Great Britain]. I did consider myself to be a Marxist – I read more chapters of Das Kapital than Harold Wilson.” New Statesman, 29th November, 2004
Johnson comes out of union politics and, when I was a union shop steward, I met a few people like him. Self-righteous on a scale only seen elsewhere in organised religion, often shockingly deluded about human nature, enthusiastically conspiratorial and fanatically chippy.
His comments demonstrate a man committed to Marxoid ideology over any practical considerations. It has already been demonstrated that the mass immigration of the new Labour years has had negligible economic benefit and considerable ill-effect on the very people the Labour Party purport to represent. This hasn’t swayed Johnson. To put it simply, he’s so out of touch he doesn’t realise that the policy he is defending has driven down the salaries and driven up the rents and mortgages of people he entered politics to help. Jobs are now scarce and foreigners, it must be said, have taken a great proportion of them. I enjoy pointing out to right-on lefties that the old cab driver’s complaint of ‘foreigners taking all our jobs’ only became a reality under new Labour. They don’t care, of course, because it either hasn’t affected them or, and much more common, they are too badly informed or stupid to work it out for themselves. They cling to the idea that all criticism of the political class is based on lies made up by the Sun and the Daily Mail. If only.
Why are Johnson’s comments so outrageous? Add to the negative consequences of mass immigration already detailed we must also take into account the simple fact that Britain is a small and very overcrowded country in massive debt with a lot of problems and many more looming; it has an overloaded infrastructure that cannot be maintained or improved to meet the demand of 70 million people because of the huge financial problems the country faces. I would have a small bet on public spending falling consistently (Gordon Brown would call that ‘non-rising’) for perhaps a generation. For many "hard working families" - (c) Alistair Campbell, 2004 - these times will be hard times.
I find it amazing that anyone can actually support the Labour government given the simple facts on offer, without even mentioning the two silly wars. Peter Mandelson, the kingmaker and prime mover of the Labour government has now admitted that cuts are coming (after Brown denied it for months). This is an understatement. We have been told by Labour politicians and Labour client journalists that mass immigration was a sort of economic master trick that would obviate conservative spending niggardliness in the future. Even taking into account the recession – and politicians always should, though our current rulers told us it was impossible: 'no more Tory boom and bust' – Labour’s spending has taken the country into the foothills of bankruptcy, without much to show for it beyond a massive growth in public sector non-jobs and a huge expansion of state benefit. The miracle of migrant work has not saved us from a pension and investment timebomb nor filled the country's coffers.
Note Johnson’s outspoken support not for a multiracial society but a *multicultural* society, that is a society organised by the enforced state doctrine of multiculturalism, a classical example of satellite Marxism. This man, like so many other communist baby-boomers in the Labour Party, is a dangerous and destructive near-idiot, masquerading as cheerful cockney ex-postie with a heart of gold. He will be useful to Brown in the coming scorched earth movement of no-going-back-policy drives in the coming months.
The final irony, if he could but see it, is that Alan Johnson has become the thing he probably hated the most back in the 70s: a powerful and wealthy politician, ignorant of the problems of ordinary people.